Thursday, August 30, 2012

{Follow Friday} ....or Thursday?? #28

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

~This Week's Features:
~This Week's Question:

Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?


~My Answer:
Grrrrr!! Do you know how hard that question is!!? Haha uhmmm...I guess I'm going to have to go recent books I have read then....

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)
Click pick for Goodreads page
This cover is absolutely gorgeous!! And the book is absolutely amazing!! <3 I didnt recently read it but....I think this is hands down one of the most beautiful books (cover and read) I have read this year!!

What about you?? Leave your link below!
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! :)
~Jaiden

P. S. Have you seen my review of What a Boy Needs? My Waiting on Wednesday pick? Or what about this month's Gorgeous Covers of the Month picks? Check them out!

Gorgeous Covers of the Month: August 2012 Edition

Hey everyone!! So you know that saying? Don't judge a book by its cover?
Ya, well, I'm about to break that right now. We all know you do..ya that's right!
Don't even try to deny it! ;D But don't worry! I won't judge cus guess what?
Ya, I do it to! But who can blame us!? Pretty draws attention! It's like dogs.
"Squirrel!!"
Hahaha jk! But seriously! So to honor all those pretty covers....I'm here to
show you all the pretties that caught my eye on the release shelf this month!
I do this every last Thursday of each month sooo....
Enjoy! ;D
(covers are in no particular order. synopsis included)

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Halo #3
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life? {Goodreads}
I don't know about you but all of the Halo books are abolutely stunning! I love them all and this one doesnt fail the series. I mean look! Eep! The open embrace....which totally makes a heart!! Ya! Go on take a double take! ;) The sun shining through their arms. Her wings!!! Beautiful! ;D <3


Smashed by Lisa Luedeke
Release Date: August 21, 2012   
A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting debut that will appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.Stay out of trouble for one more year, and Katie Martin can leave her small town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable. Then trouble finds her. Alec is the most popular guy in school, and also the biggest bully—with his sights set firmly on Katie. When Alec turns on the charm, Katie thinks she must have been wrong about him. {Goodreads}

Except that she wasn’t. On a rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched night, one impulsive decision leaves Katie indebted to Alec in the worst possible way. This debut novel is a fast-paced and compelling story of addiction, heartbreak, and redemption.
Gah! Look! Look! Look! I love the smashed glass on this book! It adds that edgy tone the book needs. It further emphasizes the broken plot and makes this book absolute eye-candy! I have had my eye on this cover since the cover was first revealed! <3


Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. {Goodreads}


Now this one...this one has that total kick ass quality to it! you know this girl is gonna be pure awesomeness! And then to add another BA-BAM! look into the cape...ya that is a castle! Love it! The way it all just flows! The falling leaves, the flowing cape, the flowing red hair which adds an extra pop of color, the kick-ass heroine, the cute boots I want ;D This cover blows me away...much like the leaves! ;) hahaha ook I'm done with the corny-ness hehehe


The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
Release Date: August 14, 2012
In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world. {Goodreads}

Idk but I absolutely adore Steampunk covers! They are always soo pretty and have a perfect grungy, twist to them that I can't help but love! I love this one's font. her dress and the smoke coming from... Big Ben?? Super cool! xD Then you add an awesome plot and the names are always so unique and cool




So what did you think? Leave a comment telling me your favorite one! 
OR! Go ahead and make your own post! Then leave your link!
I'd be happy to see what caught your eye this month! :)
Thanks for stopping by!
~Jaiden

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} Spellcaster by Claudia Gray (30)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting on......

Spellcaster
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 5, 2013
by, HarperTeen
When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in the town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that a curse has been placed on his family that will cause him to go insane. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family's terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone in the town. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle. {Goodreads}

Well! Isn't 2013 a winner for amazing covers or what!? I mean man! Look at it! I love the simple and light swirl details, the awesome blue fire in the palm of that girl (Nadia??) 's hand and her dress! I want that dress! haha and the nice dark background with a tad of sparkle going on! Beautiful!!

But!! That's not the only thing that has caught my eye and made me choose it as my WOW pick this week.... To be honest, I don't think I have read one book that has witches in it..well witches as its main plot scheme. I have been meaning to read them but I keep pushing them aside ffor other books idk why! It just has worked out that way. And this sounds soo good!! EEP! A boy needing salvation!! ;D I soo can't wait for this book! I have yet to read Claudia's other books but I shall get on it at some point!

So what about you!? What's your pick of the week? Leave your link below!! :D
Have a great Wednesday!!
~Jaiden

{Review} What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn

What a Boy Needs
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: June 2012
Source: Bought
Format: ebook
Pages: 124
A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

Jaden Sinclair knows he'll never amount to anything...so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza?

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it's his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris.

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives...and he knows he can't keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they've been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden's friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn't find out what a train wreck he really is.

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he's ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Contains mature themes. Some sexual situations and language. {Goodreads}

~Review:
 Where to begin....I absolutely fell in love with book one to this companion, What a Boy Wants, and I fell just as in love with What a Boy Needs. Man oh man did I miss these bunch! Nyrae Dawn does a perfect job capturing the meaning of friendship, loyalty, love, and the struggles of finding you are and what you will fight for. I don't know how many times I choked up, laughed my freakin face off and smiled! There is so much love between each character. They practically scream family and their loyalty to each other is heart warming! Sebastian and Jaden had to be my favorite part(s) of this book (besides the love! DUH!!) ;D

  I loved getting to know Jaden on a deeper level. It was nice and also very very sad to see behind the scenes in his life. I felt so bad for him ad was costantly ruiting for him throughout the book. Also...I was ready to punch him too ;D Stupid boy wouldn't open up!! Haha but I totally didn't blame him. I love Jaden! Ant not just because we share a name haha I think I like Sebastian more but I tend to be attracted to the funnies and my friends...Sebastian is the definition of funny!


  This book was so cute and it totally had me from page one! If you are looking for a cute, funny, and all around really good quick read, this book is for you! And if you have yet to read What a Boy Wants.....go out and buy it ASAP! Then go and read Nyrae's recently released books! I sure know I will!! :D


~Rating: 
4 wonderful stars!


Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a great day!! :)
~Jaiden

Thursday, August 23, 2012

{Follow Friday} ...or Thursday?? #27

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

~This Week's Features:
Awesomesauce Book Club 
&
Book Me!

~This Week's Question:

Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?


~My Answer:
ooooo...Ouch! Uhm I hate saying I dislike the cover. Especially if I LOVED the book. But..I guess if I had to choose, it would be The Forsaken's cover by Lisa M. Stasse.
The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)

I mean...sure! It's unique but I just, dont. get. it. It has almost nothing to do with the book! I mean little parts but, Idk. I like the paperback version ALOT more.....
The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)
See!? 100x better! Love this cover!! Totally kick ass and amazing!
Sorry Lisa! I absolutely love you and adore your book! (If you have yet to read this book...please do! You can check out my review here. It is an awesome dystopian! Loved it!)

What about you? Leave your link below!
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!
~Jaiden

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Weekly Throwback & Stacking the Shelves #3


~The Weekly Throwback:
Here is all that happened this week:
  Not a lot went on this week either. But I did manage to catch up on some reviews! :D

Reviews this week:
  
(Click pics for their reviews!)

Now! Starting in September...I will be a heck of a lot busier!..on the blog! Get ready for some awesome giveaways, blog tours, and some amazing authors to be interviewed!! :D



~Stacking the Shelves:
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Here's what I got this week......

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For review:
Thanks to Tellulah!!

Won:
Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways!!


 What about you?? 
What was your week like? 
What books are stacking your shelves as we speak...read...???
Lol leave your link in my comments!!
Have a great weekend! :)
~Jaiden

{Review} Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3
by, Harper Collins Children's Books
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up. {Goodreads}

~Trailer:
I love this video! Simple and beautiful!! <3

~Review:
  One, Woah! Look at that cover you guys! And it's even prettier in person! Let's just say I really really like seeing this on on my shelf! ;D Now..Let me just say: I wanted to fall in love with this book. Like crazy-head-over-hills-I-need-it-in-order-to-breath love it..like so many did. But sadly I can not say I did. I loved it but not as much as I hoped I would. Problem one: my expectations were way to high. And not just because of all of the hype this book was getting. I have an undying love for Disney's Peter Pan. I absolutely love Peter Pan! He is like my favorite childhood story and movie. 

  Not seeing the problem? Here it is: I fell more in love (from childhood love for the story to young-adult fictional boy obsession...ya that's right. I have a crush on Peter Pan. haha) Laugh all you want! But this is why....Julie Kagawa! Funny how she always finds her way into my posts hah? ;) Anyways, she re-invented Puck. In her Iron Fey series she described the reason for the fae's immortality because of the stories. As long as stories are still being told about them, they live! So Grimalkin is also known as the cat from Alice in Wonderland and many more talking cats stories. Wolfe is the Big Bad Wolf and many other terrible wolf stories. Puck is the infamous Puck from A Midsummer's Nights Dream AND!!! I believe, Peter Pan. It fits 100%! Peter Pan and Puck both share these traits: the red hair (duh!!), the lack of being able to take much seriously, the constant need to be childlike, the need to pull pranks and keep into mischief, the devilish grin that screams trouble!! Think real hard and you will see the similarities and possibly share the same thoughts!

  Anyways, because I loved Puck SO MUCH and decided that he was also Peter Pan...I had a high expectation for Peter in this book. An expectation for him to be Puck-like. And because of that...I didn't like the book as much. I know, it is my fault. Nothing to do with the writer or the book at all. Just me and my thoughts that failed the book. This is a re-telling and things are changed. And a lot of the original story was changed. The ending! OMG! Ya, so not how I remembered Disney's movie going!!! I got choked up. So sad!! :( 

  Now, Puck let-down aside, this book was amazing! Jodi did a wonderful job re-telling a price-less classic. And one of my most favorite things: Tink's POV. I will be honest, it took me awhile to get into the swing of it. But, I have problems with third person POV's. I really don't like them. You don't get the character's full thoughts or emotions. Sure, you get a glimpse. But it's not the same. It's not that characters personal emotions it's a take on it. But I grew to like Tink's version. There was many things I loved about this book. MANY! 

  I am officially #TeamTigerLily! After this book...I hate Wendy! HATE!!! I know, strong word but strong word needed! She..grrrr! Even though Tiger Lily bugged me at times because of her lack to show emotions and her too strong headedness, I came to peace with that's just who she was. And Peter still loved her for it. Again, different Peter but I still loved him too! And Pine Sap! Dudes! I loved him! From the very beginning. Yes I did. EEP! And I love how Jodi tied in stuff from the original story too but gave them a perfect twist. Like the ticking crocodile, and the boat ride with Hook and Tiger Lily. And then Smee! I loved the take on Smee! AND!!! The lost boys!!! <3

  Tiger Lily is a an exotic and beautiful re-telling of the love story we all failed to know. A heart warming (and breaking) story that left me breathless at the end. It's true. The last chapter I failed to breath. It was devastating!! I easily fell in love with Tiger Lily and Peter's love story. Their love was so innocent and touching! I found myself lost in the pages of this book at times One moment I was on page 22 and then before I know it I was on 220! Even though I didn't get my Puck-Peter, this book was great! I highly recommend it. 

~Rating:
4 of 5 wonderful stars!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!! :)
~Jaiden

Thursday, August 16, 2012

{Follow Friday} ....or Thursday? #26

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

~This Week's Features:
~This Week's Question:

What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.


~My Answer:
Well, when I first started blogging my major insperation and role model was Brooke from Brooke Reports!  She is absolutely hilarious and just plain awesome! She is totally bubbly and just herself! I love this chica and have a constant RSS feed to her blog till this day! <3
Then of course there is my blogging sista (Rockee at Rockee Musik Reads! She is the bomb! I love this chica so much! She is always there for me and she makes me laugh!
Then of course I have many other bloggers who I love and inspire me too but there is way too many to name!! <3 and duh! All you blogging followers of mine! You inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing and be my wacky self and talk my crazy book talk! ^-^


What about you? Leave your links below!!
Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!!
~Jaiden

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Review} Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade
Series: Shade (#1)
Team: Switzerland (Both boys are way to totally amazing for me to choose!) D:
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 4, 2010
by, Simon Pulse
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 309
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift. {Goodreads}

~Trailer:

~Review:
  Shade was...amazing. I seriously don't know what took me so long to read this book, this series! It is oh so unique and I fell head over heals for the book and well...both boys! ;) First point of mind blowing uniqueness: The Shift. Cool or not so cool? Uhmm..both. The Shift is a time. Everyone born after the Shift has the ability to see and communicate to ghosts. For high school junior, Aura (btw awesome name!!), its a curse. But it pays well right? Ya, she works as a translator for her lawyer aunt. But most of the time, she just likes to pretend she can't see or hear the ghosts. That is until her boyfriend Logan dies. O my!! That...I didn't think it was going to be that sad when he died..how he died..not so sad...a little steamy and high?? ;)...but the aftermath was devastating!

  I loved Logan! He was so awesome, caring, and totally into both Aura and his music! And uhm...HOT! Then there is Zachary, the new foreign exchange student. Guys, let me tell you now, I am a huge sucker for accents. I love them! Except German..no offense I just kinda..don't. And to be honest...Scottish accents didnt really interest me..then I met Zachary. Holy shiz you guys! This boy is hot to the capital H!! And he is super sweet and absolutely adorable!! Both boys are purely amazing and..I can't decide. Too hard! But, lets see how book 2 and 3 goes for me.

  Then there is Aura. She was pretty cool. I really liked her! She has a hard life. Logan was what made it better for her. Then he died. Leaving her broken and empty. I am so excited to keep reading 1.) for her relationship status and 2.) to see where this "first" stuff goes! That really interested me and I totally need the last books ASAP! I loved every character Mrs. Smith created and the cool world she built up! Normal, with a paranormal twist. But the twist didn't totally eat up the normal ya know? I hope that makes sense haha

  Shade is an amazing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Incredibly unique from the writing, the ghostly twist and the love that breaks your heart and manages to survive even death. The love is truly beautiful and I can't wait to go out and buy the last two books! If you haven't yet read these books get on it. Don't wait any longer. My mistake: waiting this long to read it!

~Rating:
4.5 of 5 wonderful stars!
See it. Buy it. Love it!!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a great Day!!
~Jaiden

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (29)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

~This week I'm waiting on.......

Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5, 2013
A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “charged and romantic” (Becca Fitzpatrick), lush novel. Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.



Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.



When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
{Goodreads}

Yes, this one is a far ways away...but I couldn't help it! Look at that stunning cover for one! *heart melts* And even better..go on, go back and re-read that synopsis *swoons* I NEED this book! I think, yes, I may just die without it! Drastic times calls for drastic measures!!! And this my friends is drastic!!! Wow..I just can't get over this book! I want it soo bad! haha I am a sucker for forbidden romances. Then!! She is totally Vane's guardian angel! So cute!! And if I'm guessing right...I would say this is from Vane's point of view?? If so..yay! Not too many books are from the guy''s POV and I love when I actually get one! :D

So enough with my obsession! What are you waiting on this week??
Leave your link below!!
Have a great Wednesday!! :D
~Jaiden

Sunday, August 12, 2012

{Review} The Forsaken by Lisa M Stasse

The Forsaken 
Series: The Forsaken (#1)
Author: Lisa M Stasse
Release Date: July 10, 2012
by, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: *an ARC was provided for review purposes*
Pages: 375
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway. {Goodreads}

~Trailer:
Woah! I absolutely love this trailer!! So cool! 
~Review:

  I was so happy to receive an advanced readers copy of The Forsaken! Miss Stasse is one of the sweetest authors and I was thrilled to read her book! But even though the author may be nice....when it comes down to a review...you have to be honest. Good or Bad? SOOO good! I loved this book! I especially loved how the setting wasnt so far in the future. Today, most dystopian books are set where the new government has been around for decades or centuries. This one was fresh and new. Which made it that much more believable. I loved the world set up.

  Now, nothing is cooler than the Wheel, a place where those teens who have failed the personality test are sent...to die (basically). With harsh conditions, wild animals, and a crazy brainwashed tribe of teens....the Wheel is someplace I do not want to be sent. But...at the same time..I do...no, I don't..maybe? There is seriously danger surrounding you! This place is crazy intense and super scary. I loved it! And another thing I loved...the characters! My fav...Daniel haha idk why but I just did! But he has his secrets...secrets that may just tie him to the enemy tribe...dude! Those guys were freaky! *shivers* Ya, no chit-chat with those brain-washed crazies!! 

  And the main character, Alenna, was absolutely awesome! I loved how she wasn't the hard-as-steal kick ass character but also wasn't the poor-me-I-can't-do-this whinny character that everyone hates. She was her own mix. Her own kick-ass character that I loved! Yes, she wasn't slaying every bad guy she came across with....and she was whinny at times..but...do you know what? After she whined, she would see it and try hard to face that fear and become better..even if she sucked at first. She never gave up. She was real, reliable, relatable, believable. Who the hell goes from city girl to goddess warrior in one day? No one! You have to be trained, work hard, learn to survive! And that is exactly what Alenna did. And that's why I liked her so much. She's not afraid to admit she is scared but she doesn't let that fear consume her. Here is an example of what I'm talking about:


"'That's llife on the wheel for you.' She looks me square in the face. 'Having second thoughts?'
Definately! But I'm still going.'"

  See? She is scared..but she is willing to do what she needs to do anyways! Love her! Haha and...insert romance....I loved Liam and Alenna! Their relationship didn't move to fast but when you are on the wheel...you kinda have to seize the moment you know? So fast but..not too fast. And it was innocent and so very cute! Can't wait for more!! :D

  With danger lurking in every shadow, crazy blood-thirsty teenagers, and innocent love, The Forsaken was a pleasant surprise. For me, even better than the Hunger Games! While reading the HG at times I felt the characters lacked depth, but The Forsaken's characters were real and had the depth I like all characters to have. The Wheel was intense and crazily scary! Lisa's writing pulled me in and had me wanting more when it all ended! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. A great debut title and a new favorite series! If you are a fan of Divergent and the Hunger Games, you will love this book too! Get your little hands on a copy when you can!

~Rating:
4.5 of 5 wonderful stars!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a great day!! :)
~Jaiden

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Weekly Throwback & Stacking the Shelves (2)


~Weekly Throwback:
here is all that happened this week.....
  This week was super busy so I don't have too much to share...sorry ya'll! School is starting in a week and lots of family gatherings have been going on!! :O But it was a fun week!! :D The upcoming weeks should be better though! ;D

Reviews this week:
Click pic(s) for the review!



~Stacking the Shelves:
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Here's what I got this week......


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For Review:

***Major thanks to Mrs. Forster for this lovely book!!!**

Bought:

**EEEPP! Major fan of Peter Pan! :D Thanks to my wallet!! hehe

 Thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the lack of posts this week guys!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!! :D
~Jaiden

Thursday, August 9, 2012

{Follow Friday} .....or Thursday?? #25

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

~This Week's Features:
~This Week's Question:

What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

~My Answer:
Uhm, first things first....I would try to stick with one blog design. I have changed my design like..5 times?? Since i first started. And...yes, I changed again. But I am hoping this 5th time will stick longer than all of the others.
Another thing would be my review layout. My beginning reviews were more rants than actually reviews. More girly opinions than info that helps you our followers get a good idea about whether the book is worth it or not. But that, is just something all new bloggers have to go through I guess! ^-^
Idk about anything else...maybe interact with other bloggers blogs and not just on Twitter?? I try to communicate as much as possible...I reply to comments all the time I just don't go over to the other's peoples blogs as much as I would like.

What about you?? Leave your link in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out! 
Hope you all have a great day! Happy Friday!!! :D
~Jaiden

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} (28) Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

~This week I'm waiting on.......


Dearly, Beloved
Series: Gone With the Respiration (#2)
Author: Lia Habel
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Can the living coexist with the living dead?

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.

Lia Habel’s spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to Dearly, Departed takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling. {Goodreads}

EEP!! Look at that cover for firsts...wow! Absolutely gorgeous!! I just read Dearly, Departed and fell in love! In fact you can check out how much I loved that book here...just posted the review yesterday in fact haha and I am sooo excited to read the sequel!! Goodness! And of course....more Bram! ;D

What about you!?
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to check it out! :)
Have a great Wednesday!!
~Jaiden

{Review} Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly Departed
Series: Gone With the Respiration (#1)
Author: Lia Habel
Release Date: October 18, 2011
by, Del Rey
Source: Bought
Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love. {Goodreads}
~Review:
  Zombie book number two....my reaction...HOLY FREAKING MOTHER OF PEARLS!!!!!! This book is so different from the first zombie book I read: Die For Me. While Die For Me is still a zombie book...it is better classified as a revenant book. Yes, they are zombies but not the flesh-eating-corpse-looking-mindless zombies that you normally imagine when you hear the word..."zombie". Now with Dearly, Departed....that is exactly what you get and exactly what I wanted...but 100x better!

  I don't even know where to begin on the list of things that made this book so good. First off, I guess, would have to be what the book is. Ya, like, its genre. It is a dystopian, steampunk, paranoramal romance, action, thriller...all wrapped up into one! Woah. I know! It blew my mind too. This book being all that was said above..made it absolutely amazing! I am forever in love with the Victorian Age. Zombies with manners...ya mind blown twice already I know! ;D Yes, some of those zombies aren't so bad they have manners! They have normal thoughts. feelings, emotions. This book just continued to blow my mind. Page after page, after wonderful page!

  I loved everything from each character: zombie and human, the witty humor between those characters, the awesome butt-kicking zombie lore, the cool gadgets and goodness..everything! I especially loved the different POV's as vast as they were. Yupp! Not just Nora's POV, not Nora and Bram's POV but also Victor's, Pamelah's, and Wolfe's!!! I loved getting to see the world throught there eyes!! This book was well thought out and ingeniously writin out!

  Dearly, Departed  was oh-so unique, captivating and just plain out awesome. This is a book I will never forget and look forward to reading over and over. While it gave me goose-bumps at some parts it also gave me butterflies with Bram and Norah's unique love. You understood the new world and how it came to be without being dragged through a boring and long history. She made it simple. sweet. but yet understandable and in a neatly disguised way not a BAM! Let me give you a run down of all that happened. I enjoyed how the history of the New Victorian era came to be. I am soo excited to read the second book! Both cover's are absolutely gorgeous! I am now a great fan of both zombies and Lia Habel. Can't wait to see what she has in store!! :D Wonderfully amazing!! I really loved this book! ..Can you tell? ;)

~Rating:
4.5 of 5 stars! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!! :)
~Jaiden

Monday, August 6, 2012

Trailer Feature: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls


Hey guys!!! I am here with a trailer feature today! Take a look:



  Hahaha I absolutely love this book trailer! It's got humor! And it totally sold me! When Tellulah asked me to feature her trailer I knew I had to read the book after watching the trailer! Hook, line and sinker ;) So lucky me!! She also wanted me to review her book! Super excited! What do you think? :D

Here is the book and it's details!
Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally's alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”  {Goodreads}
Lol love that last part! ^-^ EEP!! I am soooo excited to read this you guys!! I love stories like this..... the womanizer best friend who ends up falling for his well...best friend...thanks to his own work! This book looks like it will have a lot of humor and I am stoked!

Hope you enjoyed! 
Thanks for stopping by! :)
~Jaiden

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Weekly Throwback & Stacking the Shelves (1)


Weekly Throwback: 
This meme is to show you all that has happened on the blog this week! 

  So I guess I'll start with....Did you see the new design?? Yup! The new blog design went up this Tuesday! What do you think? You might want to look at all the new changes...not just the design changed..the whole blog went under re-construction! Check it out!

This week's reviews:
Lola and the Boy Next DoorIf I StayKeep Holding On



Stacking the Shelves:

This meme allows us bloggers to share our book hall from the week. Thanks to the host:


Hey everyone!! Another..awkward vlog...but! I hope to get better at it! :) Had to make this one really quick but I wanted to do it so ya! Next week will be 10x better...promise! I can only hope that is! So here is my book hall for the week! :)



~Books Mentioned:

*For Review:

Major thanks to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Publishing, and Lisa M. Stasse!! <3


Bought:


Major thanks to my pay-check! ;D

How about you? Leave your link below! :)
Have a great weekend!
~Jaiden

Friday, August 3, 2012

{Review} Keep Holding on by Susane Colassanti

Keep Holding On
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 31, 2012
by, Viking Juvenile
Source: Bought
Pages: 224
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A romantic and empowering book about bullying
Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on. {Goodreads}

~Review:
  So, apparently I have been on a contemporary kick..idk just have! One contemporary after the other. And the good news? They have all been absolutely fantastic!! But this one isn't a cute love story. Yes, there is Julian but there is far more important things going on than just Julian. I have only read one other book that deals with bullying and that was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. That book was amazing and really impacted me. The whole snow ball affect...wow. But I'm not hear to talk about that book today..I already did my review on that one ;)

  I don't think we as teenagers...or even grown adults know the impact we have. How one word, one gesture, one look can hurt far worse than we can imagine. We all know bullying is a problem. Millions of dollars have gone into programs for anti-bullying. But honestly, are those programs going to be what stops bullying? No. And if we are honest, we will never be able to stop it...we can try and strive...but the choice is in the people. Those people are the bullies...sometimes those bullies don't even know they are the bullies...another problem. And we can't fully understand it all at times because we don't know. Plain and simple. Those who aren't bullied can't even begin to understand. And that goes for those who aren't the bullies.

  This book, though, gives us a small insight into the lives of those being bullied. What it might feel like, the thoughts that go on, the lives those victims live. And it hurt. It really hurt emotionally to read about what Noelle had to go through. But through it all she was strong. And I think that is where we can help. To give the people who are bullied by giving them hope. To give reassurance just with a simple smile, a simple "have a good day", or an invitation to go to the movies or what not. But like in this book...it is easier said than done.

  Keep Holding on is a hard hitting emotional read with real life characters and real life instances. This book will impact you in more ways than one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Susane Colasanti's writing was believable and likeable. Some books just tend to leave little impacts on your life...and this was one of them. Honestly, sometimes there were parts I felt like it was missing something but not enough times to where I was willing to put the book down..for good. Do I recommend this book? Yes. :) And as far as rating goes....

~Rating:
4 out 5 wonderful stars!

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a great day!
~Jaiden

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome....TO MY NEW DESIGN!!!!! :D

Girls on YA Books
Hey everyone! How are you all doing?

  So Today I am here to announce my new blog design! Now, I know some of you are probably thinking, Again!? Ya, ya. So what this is my what, 5th blog design? But you know what they say, you have to try on as many pairs of shoes until you find the right fit. Or...something like that..I just made it up. Whatever. It works though right? But Alas! The blog design is not the only new thing here on the blog. I have a whole new layout! Yupp! No more two side bars. I found it to be a bit cluttery and not organized enough.

  Also!! Every single page has been updated! So go along, feel free to check them all out. Get to know me a bit better by checking out my About Me page. Go get ready to see some awesome giveaways coming your way..possibly soon! Who knows! The possibilities are endless!

Attention to ALL Authors!!!

  When I say every page is updated I mean every page. Every includes my review policies. You all need to check that one out! It is im-por-tan-tey!!! Things have changed! And, honestly I don't want to have to explain all the new stuff in every review requesting email. It gets rather tiring. Sorry. 

  And for all my followers...for you I have promises of more giveaways, interviews, and fun blog tours! Already have two coming up! :D 

  And the coolest part....Go check out my Contact Me Page! ;) Its dorky but fun! haha Hope you guys will enjoy my new blog design and all the new and improved stuff! 

  Hope you had a great day! :)
~Jaiden
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